March 20, 2020
Greetings, parishioners and friends of St. Dunstan's -
Well, it is Friday: We have made it to the end of this first full week of social distancing, and I think that that very fact warrants celebration. It is a brave new world, and here we are!
I am very aware that, among all the inconveniences and disruptions wrought by COVID-19, many families are supposed to be enjoying "spring break" now, or in the coming week. Know that I mourn with you. Not only is it disappointing not to be able to get away, but for many there are financial consequences to cancelled trips. It is important to name the frustration and disappointment brought about altered plans - not that doing so changes the outcome, but because giving voice to these feelings helps to take away their power over us.
In the interest of naming feelings, I am sharing - both here and in my online video message - a prayerful poem by a pastor named Steve Garnaas-Holmes, who sends out a daily email reflection that he calls "Unfolding Light." (To subscribe to these emails, please visit Steve's website, www.unfoldinglight.net.) Today's reflection is based on the 23rd Psalm, which will be read in churches around the world this Sunday, March 22. It addresses the anxiety of these days head-on, and I hope that his words are as helpful to you as they have been to me.
Looking toward Sunday: Your Minister of Music, Joey Arkfeld, and I will record a short prayer service with meditative music that will be available on our parish YouTube channel later in the day. (Please subscribe to our channel, if you have not done so already!) Alternatively, or in addition, I commend the live-streamed service at the Washington National Cathedral this Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde, will be preaching.
Please also remember that Virtual Compline is said every evening at 9 p.m. via Zoom, and the link may be found here.
Take care of yourself, and keep in touch!